Wildcats in the NFL – Week 16
Wildcats in the NFL – Week 16
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Each week
throughout the 2015 season, k-statesports.com will recap the week for
the 11 former Kansas State football players currently in the NFL.
Arthur Brown, LB – Baltimore Ravens
Brown, a third-year linebacker for Baltimore, played in the Ravens’ 20-17 win at home over Pittsburgh on Sunday but did not record any statistics. A second-round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft, Brown has played in 31 career games and made 17 tackles. Baltimore improved to 5-10 with the victory.
Bryce Brown, RB – Seattle Seahawks
A fourth-year player who has signed with Seattle three different times this season, Brown rushed seven times for nine yards in the Seahawks’ 23-17 loss at home to St. Louis on Sunday. Brown now has 1,056 career rushing yards and six touchdowns on 242 carries. Seattle, which is 9-6 on the year, will play in the Wild Card round of the playoffs in two weeks after visiting Arizona in Week 17.
Randall Evans, DB – Philadelphia Eagles
A 2015 sixth-round draft pick by Philadelphia, Evans is on the Eagles’ practice squad. Philadelphia lost at home to Washington on Saturday night, 38-24, to fall to 6-9 as the Eagles are now eliminated from playoff contention.
B.J. Finney, OL – Pittsburgh Steelers
Finney, an undrafted rookie free agent, is on Pittsburgh’s practice squad. The Steelers lost at Baltimore on Sunday, 20-17. The Steelers, who are now 9-6 this season, need a win and some help in Week 17 to earn a playoff berth.
Emmanuel Lamur, LB – Cincinnati Bengals
Lamur, an undrafted rookie free agent signee by Cincinnati in 2012, made one special teams tackle in the Bengals’ 20-17 overtime loss at Denver on Monday night. In three-plus years, Lamur has 150 tackles, a half sack, 10 passes defended and two interceptions. Cincinnati fell to 11-4 with the loss but can secure a first-round bye in the playoffs with a win and some help in Week 17.
Tyler Lockett, WR/Returner – Seattle Seahawks
A third-round selection in this year’s draft who was named to the 2016 Pro Bowl, Lockett started at wide receiver and came away with three receptions for 33 yards in addition to returning two punts for 20 yards and averaging 26.5 yards on four kickoff returns in Seattle’s 23-17 home loss to St. Louis on Sunday. The Tulsa, Oklahoma, native has 49 catches for 628 yards and six touchdowns this season – tied for the most receiving touchdowns this year among rookies. One of just two rookies in NFL history with five-plus receiving touchdowns in addition to touchdowns via punt and kickoff returns (Gale Sayers, 1965), Lockett ranks third in the NFL in total kickoff-return yards (852) and third in average among players with 30 or more returns (25.8). He is also fourth in all-purpose yards (1,733). Seattle, which clinched a playoff spot last week, is 9-6 this season and will play in the Wild Card round after playing at Arizona in Week 17.
Cornelius Lucas, OL – Detroit Lions
An undrafted rookie free agent signee last year, Lucas played in Detroit’s 32-17 win against San Francisco on Sunday. Lucas has played in 14 games this year after playing in 15 contests a year ago. The Lions improved to 6-9 with the win.
Jordy Nelson, WR – Green Bay Packers
A Pro Bowler in 2014, Nelson is on injured reserve for the entire 2015 season after suffering an injury during the preseason. In his seven-year career, Nelson has totaled 400 receptions for 6,109 yards and 49 touchdowns, including 98 catches, 1,519 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2014. The Packers lost at Arizona on Sunday, 38-8, as they are now 10-5 and will play for the NFC North division title next week when they host the Minnesota Vikings.
Terence Newman, CB – Minnesota Vikings
A 13-year veteran and first-year member of the Minnesota Vikings, Newman came away with three tackles, including one for a loss, and a pass breakup in Minnesota’s 49-17 blowout win over the New York Giants on Sunday night. Newman, who has made 187 career starts in 189 games, has 797 career tackles, two sacks, 159 passes defended and 40 interceptions. The Vikings, who are now 10-5, clinched a playoff spot and will now be in search of an NFC North division title on Sunday night when they travel to Green Bay.
Darren Sproles, RB/Returner – Philadelphia Eagles
An 11-year veteran who was named to his second Pro Bowl this season, Sproles caught seven passes for 56 yards in addition to running five times for nine yards in Philadelphia’s 38-24 home loss to Washington on Saturday night. With his recent effort, Sproles now has 17,859 career all-purpose yards to rank 11th in NFL history while he remains second among active players. He is 309 all-purpose yards away from tying Herschel Walker for 10th all-time. The Eagles dropped to 6-9 with the loss and are eliminated from playoff contention.
Justin Tuggle, LB – Houston Texans
An undrafted rookie free agent signee by Houston prior to the 2013 season, Tuggle was inactive for the Texans’ 34-6 blowout win at Tennessee on Sunday. In his two-plus year career, Tuggle has made 71 tackles, two passes defended and one interception. Houston is in the driver’s seat for the AFC South division title with an 8-7 record as it hosts Jacksonville on Sunday.